The push is on to hire veterans coming out of a downsizing military.
PENSACOLA, Florida -
Looking for work has become a full time job for Perry Williams. "I'm just going around, table to table trying to find work seeing what's out there."
He is among hundreds taking advantage of a room full of potential employers at a vet-ready job fair.
"We provide free on the job training and placement for veterans." Oren Brown is co-coordinator for this job fair that connects veterans with vet-friendly employers
"We're expecting a huge push in veterans coming back from the war and looking for employment opportunities. Not everyone is going to get a job so they need to be creative and maybe become entrepreneurs and create their own opportunities as well."
With about half an hour to go in this job fair more than 400 people have already shown up and while its geared for veterans anybody that is looking for a job can fill out an application.
Austal USA is considered a vet-friendly employer.
"We like the veterans," says Clint Riley. "Our customer is the Navy and the ones that have military experience we know that they are good workers and we know that they are looking for long time employment and that's what we're after."
For Williams, his job of looking for work may have just ended. "It helps a lot because it's rare that they have fairs like this. When a job fair comes it's best to jump on it."
Vet-Ready plans to have a job and career fair in the Pensacola area every 90 days.